JOHANNESBURG - Jozef Vukusic is excitedly anticipating his maiden Polokwane derby. “Derbies are great matches everywhere in the world,” the Polokwane City coach said yesterday. “I’ve been involved in a few before and I know what these kind of matches mean for the clubs, the fans and the cities they are played in.”
Rise and Shine host Baroka FC on Saturday, searching for their maiden win of the season after they lost both their opening matches - 1-0 to Black Leopards and 2-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns. Vukusic though is not stressing himself about chasing a win but is rather focused on preparing his team to play a good game according to the plan.
“Of course, it would be great to win the derby,” he said after the club’s morning training session at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium. “But my first priority is to think about the game; For me it is important to prepare the team, to prepare them mentally and physically and tactically.
"So, as a coach, I don’t think about results but the key is to follow our objectives and plan. For me it is all about how we will react to the situation on the field. Stay concentrated until the end of the match.”
Vukusic, who joined Polokwane from the National First Division (NFD) at the beginning of this season, is aware of what lies ahead for his team. “Baroka have played three matches and they’ve just played a very good game against Kaizer (Chiefs). They have very good players and we will have to lift up our game to compete against them. But it is an exciting time for us, I am excited about the match and I hope that the fans come in their numbers to make it a fantastic afternoon,”